Height of success

Astra Access Safety Training director Mick Aston on scaffolding at the company's new Barnsley HQ
Astra Access Safety Training director Mick Aston on scaffolding at the company's new Barnsley HQ
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A YORKSHIRE company which specialises in training people to work safely at heights is moving onwards and upwards.

Astra Access Safety Training has moved to a new 50,000 square foot, 60ft high industrial unit at the Junction 38 Business Park in Darton, Barnsley, investing £100,000 to create a mock four-bedroom house and 50ft high steel frame structure, for demonstration and training.

Director Mick Aston said: “Our huge new base means we can improve and expand our comprehensive package of health and safety consultancy and training services – all designed to support workers operating at height, whether that is on scaffolding, mobile towers, elevating work platforms such as cherry pickers and scissor lifts, or simply on ladders and steps.

“Our new fully-accredited facility is well-positioned at Darton, just three miles from the M1, and we are ready to attract new customers from all over the country.

“We’ll certainly be recruiting staff in management, administration, sales and marketing to support the growth of business in 2012. And, we’ll be looking for more skilled safety experts to join our team soon too.”

The firm, which started out in Wakefield, specialises in identifying all a company’s safety needs and the legal requirements they must meet before offering the expertise and training required to ensure everyone works safely.

Current clients include multi-national firms such as Rolls Royce, British Nuclear Fuels and Virgin Atlantic.

Astra Access Safety Training was keen to find suitable new premises to expand its operations after outgrowing its Wakefield base and made the move to Darton with the help of property advisors at Enterprising Barnsley, which supports Barnsley businesses with growth potential. Enterprising Barnsley business development manager Shaun Higginbottom said: “It is fantastic to see a successful company like Astra moving in to Barnsley, investing in the local economy and creating new jobs.”